The mighty “Captain Marvel” flew into theaters this weekend, and the powerful superhero is expected to blast through the competition and dominate the domestic box office charts. The film is the latest installment in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the film is currently trending to top the box office with a $155M domestic debut this weekend.
Current estimates, based on Thursday night previews and Friday sales, put “Captain Marvel” in the $150M-$165M range. That opening will land the new superhero in second-place on the Marvel solo-character premiere charts, just behind “Black Panther.” The current chart has “Black Panther” at number-one with its $202M opening weekend, and “Iron Man” is in second-place with its $98M opening. Currently, all of the estimates predict that “Captain Marvel” will take Tony Stark down a peg on the opening weekend chart.
The other superhero openings, not including the team-up Avengers movies, vary greatly depending on when they were released, and which character was featured. As we mentioned earlier, “Black Panther” and “Iron Man” hold spots one and two, with The “Guardians of the Galaxy,” sitting in third-place with its $94M opening in 2014. “Doctor Strange” opened with $85M in 2016, and “Thor” opened with $65.7M over its opening weekend. “Captain America: The First Avenger” opened with $65M, and Marvel’s “Ant-Man’ opened with $57M during its opening weekend. The 2008 version of “The Incredible Hulk,” had a $55M opening debut in theaters.
Even a $165M opening won’t be enough for “Captain Marvel” to top the opening box office charts for the month of March. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” live-action adaptation currently rules the month with its massive $174.7M opening debut. That film opened in 4,210 locations domestically and featured Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, and Josh Gad. “Captain Marvel” was scheduled to open in 4,100 locations domestically, roughly on-par with “Beauty and the Beast.”
“Captain Marvel” has been well received on social media and on RottenTomatos, where it currently sits with a 79% overall rating. The film features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan.
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